Lifesaving award presented to Riverton youth for actions at Boysen Reservoir this fall
(Riverton, Wyo.) – There was another standing ovation at the Riverton City Council meeting this week when Police Chief Mike Broadhead presented Lifesaving and Special Recognition awards to a Riverton youngster.
According to the citation accompanying the award, Taylor Murphy, 11, the son of RPD Captain Eric Murphy, helped save another youngster’s life during an outing at Boysen Reservoir over the Labor Day weekend. According to Broadhead, young Murphy was with a group of children playing in the water along the shoreline when a six-year-old child fell into deeper water. Noticing that the child was in trouble, Taylor swam to the other child, pushed him out of the water and began kicking his way toward shore. Adults in the group noticed the two boys and provided additional assistance to get both of them safely back to shore.
“I’ve enjoyed watching Taylor grow up into a young man,” the Chief said. “Taylor’s selfless actions saved a life and I commend him for his bravery.”
With that, the audience sprang to their feet applauding Taylor as he showed off his two certificates, one from the American Red Cross for being a Lifesaver and a Special Recognition Award from the Chief of Police.
Mayor Ron Warpness noted that the award presentation “was pretty special” and thanked the Chief for “sharing him with us tonight.”